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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2024 at 15:49
Originally posted by AudioDoc AudioDoc wrote:

Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Help, there’s a near new a900 for sale in NZ with a shutter count of just 36. The a900 was my favourite A-mount camera. Convince me not to buy it. Or buy it… However this GAS support is supposed to work!


Noooo! Do not do it, resist temptation Wētāpunga!

But it is his birthday
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2024 at 20:32
Therein lies the problem. I don't have any CF cards, and only 1 A-mount lens.
The a900 looks 'minty', the protective film pieces on the body haven't even been removed. It's more likely a collector's item at this stage, and I'd struggle to actually use it...but, it's so 'mint-like'.



α1- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2024 at 23:17
To me this seems to be a question of (current) costs and (future) benefits. If you can get the camera for a rather low price (in Europe betwen Euro 500-800 at the moment, you should pay less) and if it is in mint condition (a real collector's item - 36 shutter actuations!!!) you can bet on a higher price in the future. I see this happening right now with Minolta film bodies (I have a couple of them and check prices every other month or so). Almost new/mint condition is a unique selling point! Original battery charger included? Booklet? Box? Get some spare batteries now. Maybe one or two lenses as well (where there is a camera boday there are also lenses). Store it for the next five to ten years (some yearly shutter actuations are needed, though). The collector's market today is (and will be) global. If you sell it, it might finance a new lens then.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 February 2024 at 11:35
I haven't (yet) made any new lens purchases, but I have to mention that the yesterday's lens announcements (Sigma 500 mm 1:5.6 DG DN OSS and LAOWA 10 mm f/2.8 Zero-D) are quite tempting, although it is a pity that Sigma cannot shoot faster than 15 fps (on α1 and α9 series) nor take teleconverters.
I probably will still wait a while for any new lens purchases since I have recently ordered a new laptop, which was quite expensive...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 February 2024 at 21:02
I have to say @Hezu, I'm tempted by the Sigma 500mm as well. At a mere 1.4kg, plus the reported sharpness and decent pricing, it has become very appealing.

I also don't need an expensive laptop, and have scheduled extra contract work worth around $65k for this year, so a treat may be merited...

I know I can hit 500mm with my 100-400mm GM and 1.4x TC, but I'm at f8 there, and it's not as sharp as it could be.
α1- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 February 2024 at 21:25
Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

I have to say @Hezu, I'm tempted by the Sigma 500mm as well. At a mere 1.4kg, plus the reported sharpness and decent pricing, it has become very appealing.
I was a bit disappointed by the weight - my Tamron 150-500/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD weighs 1.7kg - offering 150-499mm for 300gr. My old, 1993 vintage, Canon EF 400/5.6 only weighs 1.2kg. But then, the Nikon AF-S 500/5.6pf also weighs 1.4kg.

Anyway, I am not in the market for this lens, certainly not at €3200 - for my 500mm needs the Tamron is just fine.

But thankfully there is so much more stuff I can consider....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 February 2024 at 23:21
It's about the same weight as my old Minolta 300mm f4 G (with 82mm thread). So 500mm with a filter thread of 95mm feels like a good deal. But like you, I don't really though, have a pressing need for it.


α1- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 February 2024 at 21:14
Well, another month. No new cameras, no new lenses.

But, I do now own another flash (a used HVL-45RM) to complement my HVL-60RM. And the Sony bluetooth remote commander. It turns out you can't really use shutter delay to photograph waves, and even the best tripod finds wet sand a tricky surface to stay stable on.
α1- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2024 at 13:54
Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

Sh*t, just bought online a very odd AstrHori 18mm shift lens f8 for the biiiig price of € 70 incl shipping.





It would be very, very tempting at that price.


And last week a Dörr 60mm f2,8 2:1 Macro lens, fully manual. Only €149

Edited by Harm vb - 04 March 2024 at 15:32
Harm Dörr60/2,8 Samyang14/2,8 35/2,8+1,4 Sigma150600 Sony 28/2 50/1,8 90MG 1224G 1635G 70300G Tamron 2875/2,8 Viltrox 24/1,8 85/1,8.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2024 at 21:18
Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

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And last week a Dörr 60mm f2,8 2:1 Macro lens, fully manual. Only €149


So what have you got planned for next week?
α1- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 March 2024 at 06:43
Uuhhh, I stumbled upon another macro 5:1, a Zhongyi Mitakon 100mm, but seller doesn't respond...

Edited by Harm vb - 05 March 2024 at 07:15
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 March 2024 at 03:44
It sounds like it is just a matter of time
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 March 2024 at 19:37
No, it stopped. I guess he sold the lense already. Also looking for an A7Riv has stopped. I must be content with my collection
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 March 2024 at 13:45
I have resisted the temptation for another weekend, but given I spent most of it at Finnish Nature Photographers' Association's Winter Meet and there was some camera equipment manufacturers' stands and I was play with some of the newer releases, I don't know how long I will resist the temptation...

I guess the main problem is that I cannot decide, which one I should get:
- Sigma 15 mm 1:1.4 DG DN Fisheye (quite big and heavy, but funny lens and might work nicely for astrophotography)
- Sigma 500 mm 1:5.6 DG DN (similar weight to the previous one and nice compact telephoto)
- Sony FE 2.8/300 GM OSS (nod heavier and bigger than Sigma 500 mm, but still reasonably sized, faster and works with teleconverters, although of course more expensive)

Bubbing under: Sony FE 4/70-200 G OSS II (I kind of like its macro capabilities), Sony α9 III.
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